As Fellows, our role was to challenge and advance the d.school pedagogy. Rather than focusing on Design Thinking—which is well taught in many forms at the d.school—we decided to focus on the fundamentals behind design and collaboration, but those that are not explicitly taught. We call them the Design Muscles—those traits that designers may possess and which are also developed through practice such as being observant, critiquing, negotiating on a team, embracing ambiguity, and synthesizing through metaphors.
They include interactive workshops, exercises, and facilitated discussions. For new designers and non-designers, muscles are awoken for the first time. For more seasoned designers, we introduce techniques and prompts for reflection to strengthen their muscles.
In collaboration with Hannah Jones and Andrea Small.